Automotive Technician

Industrial Careers

About the Career

The automotive curriculum at Midlands Technical College provides students with an up-to-date training program that will develop their knowledge of automotive theory and operational skills. Students prepare to enter the career field through hands-on training emphasizing:

  • diagnostic and electrical service
  • engine overhaul
  • air conditioning repair
  • all phases of suspension and brake service
  • engine performance
  • reconditioning and replacement of component parts of automatic and manual transmissions

In addition to general career training in automotive technology, MTC prepares students to become certified in a specialty by the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (A.S.E.). A.S.E. certifies technicians in eight specialty areas in automotive technology and is nationally recognized by the automotive industry as the foremost organization for professional certification. Certification examinations are administered twice annually at selected sites throughout the United States including Midlands Technical College. Areas of certification include: Transmission/Transaxle, Brakes, Engine Performance, Engine Repair, Electrical Systems, Heating and Air Conditioning Systems, Manual Drive Train and Axle, and Steering and Suspension.

Qualified high school graduates may be able to obtain advanced placement in the program through articulation opportunities. MTC accepts new students into the program every semester and works around students’ busy schedules by offering day and evening courses. This program is accredited by the national Automotive Technicians Education Foundation.


Academic Programs

Automotive Technology

The Automotive Technology program at Midlands Technical College is designed to provide theory and hands-on training to prepare students to be well-rounded entry-level automotive technicians.

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Automotive Heating and Air Conditioning Repair Certificate

The Heating and Air Conditioning Repair certificate program provides students with hands-on training in automotive heating and air conditioning technology, preparing them for entry-level technician positions.

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Automotive Brake, Suspension, and Steering Repair Certificate

The Brake, Suspension, and Steering Repair certificate program provides students with skills for entry-level employment at a brake and suspension repair facility,

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Automotive Drive Train Repair Certificate

Drive Train Repair teaches the skills and knowledge needed to perform repairs on a variety of drivetrain systems in the automotive service.

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Automotive Electrical Systems Repair Certificate

The Electrical Systems Repair certificate program prepares students for employment as electrical or electronic systems technicians in the automotive repair industry.

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Automotive Engine Performance Certificate

Work in a variety of different types of repair shops performing repairs and maintenance on vehicles for customers.

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Automotive Engine Repair Certificate

The Engine Repair certificate program provides entry level automotive engine repair skills, preparing students to work in a variety of repair shops performing maintenance and repairs on vehicles.

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Training Programs

Small Engine Mechanic

This training program provides participants with a working knowledge of types and operation of small engines, engine service and repair of outdoor power equipment. Learn how to perform engine tune-up procedures and troubleshooting methods, engine failure analysis; engine performance measurement, engine system and engine rebuild procedures.

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Projected Job Growth

+5.2%*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

Average Annual Salary

$31,000*

* Source: EMSI Career Coach

Academics

Academic students are taking courses for credit toward a degree, certificate, or diploma. They can earn a degree, certificate, or diploma at MTC or transfer to another school to complete their studies. Academic students must apply to and enroll at the college.

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Training

Training students—sometimes called "Continuing Education" students—can take individual courses or earn certificates and certifications. They don't have to apply to the college; they can register directly for classes. Training courses don't earn college credit or transfer to other institutions.

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